Fakarava | Sharks festival!

MAY 2013

The last time I step foot on Fakarava Island was in 1987. This was during an expedition with Captain Cousteau.

I came back last March, and to be honnest, nothing has changed. Abundant life still exists in the passes. The South one is my favorite and the only way to have a good look at it, is to dive on rebreather. At the incoming tide, hundreds of sharks face almost motionless the strong current. A long bottom time will allow you some very good behavior observations.

Did you know that at Fakarava, the sucker fish (remora) stuck very rarely under the sharks. They almost swim constantly under them … taking advantage of the water turbulences generated by the sharks !

In the passe

Photographs DR

“At the incoming tide, hundreds of sharks face almost motionless the strong current”